Full STEAM Ahead at St. Thomas Day School, New Haven

Community connections run deep at Seedlings Educators Collaborative, and not just for the students with Seedlings Workshop alums for teachers! Since many of the Seedlings facilitators and directors live and work in the New Haven area, there are always chances of running into someone, as was the case this spring when St. Thomas Day School fourth grade teacher Maria Freda ran into SEC director Judy Cuthbertson. That chance encounter yielded the following piece, which we wanted to share with you.

In My Classroom: Tapping into Local Resources in Diane Huot’s 1st Grade Classroom

In the summer of 2015, Conte West Hills School first grade teacher Diane Huot attended Seedlings for the first time. On the first day of every SEC summer workshop week, participants learn to see New Haven with fresh eyes through a tour of the city. One of the stops is to Grannis Island, the summer home of the Quinnipiac people, who used the salt marsh as a home base for oystering. Diane was inspired. Here was a rich resource just down the street from her school that was previously unknown to her. She could imagine building her whole curriculum around it, as SEC science facilitator Karen Zwick has done with her 4th and 5th grade class at Cold Spring School – and she did.

Teaching and Learning about Standing Rock

What’s happening at Standing Rock has so many connections with our Seedlings focus groups: Water Habitats, Our Changing Landscape, and Our Mechanical World. The ways in which different age groups would meaningfully connect with this event would of course vary greatly. Has anyone discussed Standing Rock with their students?